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  • The Cone of Silenceby David Beaty

    Pan Macmillan 2013; US$ 1.20

    With its tremendous tension and electrifying impact this is one of the great novels of the air. It is the early, dangerous days in the life of a new jet airliner. Millions of pounds have been invested in her?national prestige is at stake . . . Then Victor Fox comes near to disaster. The Court of Enquiry lays the blame on the pilot . . . more...

  • Electric Trainby David Beaty

    Pan Macmillan 2013; US$ 4.82

    For ten passengers it sparked off drama and disaster The 8.01 from Ocklington to Victoria. Crowded with passengers like any other busy commuter train on the Southern line. Each passenger cocooned in that curious dream-like limbo between home and work. And for ten of those passengers the journey was destined to hold a special significance . . . ... more...

  • Excellencyby David Beaty

    Pan Macmillan 2013; US$ 4.82

    Caught in the crossfire of a successful military coup in an emerging African state, Bill Rutherford finds a political stowaway on board his charter aircraft. The stowaway is discovered and Rutherford thrown into jail to await a hideous death for ?treachery? to the new regime. General Gawaka, the new dictator, graciously receives the British High Commissioner... more...

  • The Gun Gardenby David Beaty

    Pan Macmillan 2013; US$ 4.82

    Malta 1942 ? a thousand miles from friends, isolated, besieged, blitzed, bombed, desperately short of oil, ammunition, ships, aircraft, fuel, slowly being starved into surrender . . . Into that hopeless situation, as a token the British attitude that attack is the best defence, fly two Wellington aircraft equipped with secret long-range radar. Their... more...

  • The Heart of the Stormby David Beaty

    Pan Macmillan 2013; US$ 4.82

    ?When an aircraft disappears completely there is usually no evidence as to exactly what happened. This time, we have at least certain pointers as to the possible causes of the accident . . .? This gripping novel tells of the events leading up to a major air disaster, the disappearance over the Atlantic of a great airliner. It reveals the conflicting... more...

  • The Naked Pilotby David Beaty

    Crowood 2011; US$ 14.57

    Investigations into the causes of aircraft accidents have for decades focused on what happened and who did it -- very rarely Why? It is the question Why? that David Beaty has addressed here, fighting the misnomer of 'pilot error' and propounding that the cause should be sought deeper inside human beings who make apparently simple human errors. The... more...

  • The Proving Flightby David Beaty

    Pan Macmillan 2013; US$ 2.41

    The Emperor, an experimental airliner of daring design, soon runs into trouble on her maiden flight to New York and Bermuda. Violent storms, icing and faltering engines give way to mysterious, terrifying tremors . . . Penned in a small space under enormous strain, a jealous rivalry between the co-pilots threatens the lives of everyone aboard the... more...

  • The Siren Songby David Beaty

    Pan Macmillan 2013; US$ 4.82

    Anne is twenty-five years younger than her pilot husband, Captain Maurice Corby. They live a comfortable life in affluent 1960?s London suburbia, full of dinner parties and international travel. But Anne longs for excitement. So when she is introduced to young junior pilot, Captain Matherson, the lure to seduce him is too strong to resist. When Captain... more...

  • The Stickby David Beaty

    Pan Macmillan 2013; US$ 4.82

    Captain Paul Harker of Atlanta Airways must be on his mettle, if not for twenty-four hours a day, at least for the six or so hours it takes to fly the aircraft for which he is ultimately responsible across the Atlantic. There are, after all, two hundred and seventy-one passengers on board, as well as the crew. Harker, however, is not a machine but... more...

  • Sword of Honourby David Beaty

    Pan Macmillan 2013; US$ 4.82

    The scene is a cadet training college for would-be civil aviation pilots, among them the average Benson and the brilliant Miller. It is Benson who tells the story from the moment when, coming in to land with Miller as co-pilot, he hits a tree, to the final scene when Miller is awarded the passing-out Sword of Honour. It is the trainer aircraft known... more...